Sunday, July 27, 2008

July Meal of the Month

Each family has its own unique food culture. Since my family is spread out all over the country, my sister gives us a meal of the month for every month of the year and a little explanation of why it is meaningful to her family. It gives us an idea of what her family is enjoying at different times of the year. When we try out the meals, it is a little like visiting her house and enjoying her excellent cooking--minus the good company of course.

JULY Meal of the Month

My sister says:
My friend, AW, made this recipe for a neighborhood potluck and it was a huge hit with children and adults. In July it’s just too hot to turn on the oven, so prep the potatoes and meat in the morning then fry at dinnertime.

Japanese Croquettes
5-6 medium potatoes (peeled and cubed)
1-2lbs. ground meat (beef or whatever)
1 can corn
2 cups flour
2 eggs
~ 3 cups of panko (or any bread crumbs)
salt and pepper
~ 1 cup of Oil (to fry your croquettes)

Boil potatoes until soft enough to mash (10-12 min), drain and mash them up in the pot. Brown and drain your ground meat. Mix it in mash potatoes and corn. Season to taste. Set up bowls in the following order 2c. flour, egg dip (be sure to scramble your eggs a bit), then bread crumbs (season your crumbs with salt and pepper). Form palm sized patties of the mashed potato/meat mixture and dip them in the flour, then egg, then bread crumbs. Shake off excess and deep fry. Once your bread crumbs are browned, they are ready to eat!! Yummmm! Serve with Tonkatsu sauce (found in the Asian section), or with your favorite sauce, maybe even ketchup.
Serves 12.

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